BLACK SATURDAY bass player Geezer Butler, who took on the role of the band’s main lyricist from its inception, told Goldmine in a new interview that he had no qualms about letting Ronnie James Dio take over in that department once the singer joined SATURDAY in 1979. “Oh, I was so glad someone else did the lyrics,” Old history saying. “I have heard RonnieIt is the letter, and it is nothing like I would write. I felt that I had reached the end of my lyrics, in the ‘Never say die’ album. He just had nothing else to write about. So it was an incredible relief that someone came and did it. His stuff, I think it’s more fantasy and dragons and all that kind of stuff. Mine was more of a lot of politics and everyday happenings, while his were something more surreal and out of this world. As for the second album, the only thing he was told was, like, no rainbows and no dragons. [Laughs] That was it. He got the message and did what he did.
Founding member of BLACK SATURDAY, Butler is also the lyricist of such SATURDAY classics like “War Pigs”, “Iron Man”, “Paranoid” and others.
Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi reunited in late 2011 and released a comeback album, «13», in June 2013.
In February 2017, SATURDAY finished “The end” tour in Birmingham, closing the quartet’s pioneering 49-year career.
“The end” was SATURDAYit’s the last tour because Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and is currently in remission, can no longer travel for extended periods.
Two months ago, Butler confirmed to Cleveland.com that he is writing a memoir. “I started because when my parents died, I always wished I had asked them a lot more things than I knew,” he explained. “I really don’t know much about my mom and dad, because they were always there. So, I started writing a memoir for my grandkids to read, and that’s been fun going through things – the old days and growing up in Birmingham. and all that. I’m in the middle of doing that right now.
Last fall Butler told australia Wall of sound that his book would be ‘about growing up in Aston, Birmingham and how SATURDAY “The 71-year-old also reflected on all that he has accomplished in the last half century and said,” It is a great achievement to remain relevant 50 years after we recorded our first two albums. We honestly thought that we would last a few years and then we would be forgotten. Fifty years ago, any form of popular music was considered a fad; people even thought THE BEATLES would be forgotten after their breakup, but no one then [realized] how powerful would be the effect of nostalgia.
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